Koonung Secondary College Newsletter

27 June 2019
Issue Ten
Important Dates 
Principals' Report
College Notices 
Impact of language learning   
Senior School 
Middle Years 
Rockfest 2019 
Careers and Pathways
Library News
Parents and Friends Association  
School Information  
Community Notices 
Koonung Secondary College
615 Elgar Road
Mont Albert North, VIC, 3129

Important Dates 

Dates for your diary 

Monday 24 June 

Year 10 Work Experience week


Thursday 27 June 

Year 11 & 12 formal 



July 25, 26, 27 & 28

August 1, 2 & 3

College Musical "Legally Blonde"









Wednesday 6 March - early finish from 12:30pm

Tuesday 11 June (Year 7-9 & 12 only)

Friday 21 June 

Thursday 15 August




(no classes)

Wednesday 3 April 

Wednesday 18 September










Term 1

Tuesday 29 January to Friday 5 April  2:30pm finish 

Term 2

Tuesday 23 April to Friday 28 June  2:30pm finish 

Term 3

Monday 15 July  to Friday 20 September 2:30pm finish 

Term 4

Monday 7 October to Friday 20 December 3:15pm finish 







Principals' Report

Principal Team Report


Staffing update

As the term draws to a close, we would like to acknowledge the contribution of three of our staff who will be leaving us at the end of the term:

Sue Muxworthy has been a member of the Koonung Secondary College community for over 22 years. Working in the office throughout this time, Sue has supported our staff and the Principal team to ensure the smooth running of the College. Sue’s work on College Council and front of house has ensured that parents and students are supported in all dealings with the College. Sue is looking forward to her retirement and a life of leisure and we certainly wish her well.

Michelle Young has worked at Koonung for 24 years. Seven years ago, we farewelled her husband, Alan Young, and Michelle has decided to join him in retirement. Between Michelle and Alan (who continues to work regularly as a CRT at Koonung) our students have developed both their English and mathematical skills. Michelle has worked tirelessly in our reading assistance program and in junior English to ensure that our students develop sound literacy skills. Students who were taught by Michelle have always spoken of their respect for her and the learning that occurs in her classes. We can only hope that Michelle will also join our CRT pool to help out when we have English staff away.

In addition to Sue and Michelle, we must also bid farewell to Marilyn Faithfull. Marilyn has been at Koonung for 18 years and an opportunity has arisen for her to move, with her husband, to Moree in northern New South Wales. Marilyn has held a number of roles in her time at Koonung including senior school coordination, leader of the Mathematics domain and most recently as a member of our College Leadership team with a focus on data. Like Michelle, Marilyn’s work in the classroom has touched many young people (and some not so young now) as they moved through the College. She is a strong advocate for the value of hard work, persistence and resilience and her actions and work with students epitomises the college motto “Excellence through Endeavour”. Marilyn’s work around reconciliation and awareness of indigenous culture has resulted in school wide acknowledgement of the importance of both recognition and reconciliation. We wish Marilyn well as she embarks on another chapter in life's journey.


Sandra Greenhill

Assistant Principal


Capital works program

As reported in our last newsletter, Koonung Secondary College has been allocated $6,050,000 in the 2019-20 State Budget as part of the government’s capital works program. This program is at the forefront of the Education State reforms, which are providing students and teachers across Victoria with 21st century learning facilities.

A number of steps are involved in developing and implementing the program in the next 68 weeks. They include the following:

-Planning phase 1: educational direction, functionality analysis, educational specification and appoint architect

-Planning phase 2: master plan of spatial location and priority projects

-Design and tender

-Schematic design

-Design development

-Tender documentation and review

-Tendering and evaluation

-Appointment of builder

-Start up on site / sod turn

We welcome your input into what types of learning spaces would best support the future direction of our College, so please email any ideas or suggestions you have to us at: koonung.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au



Stace Kerr

Business Manager


Happy retirement to Sue Muxworthy 



College Notices 

Save the date for our College Musical - "Legally Blonde"

This year our College Musical is  the very entertaining "Legally Blonde - The Musical" about a young woman who gives up life in sunny California to chase love to Harvard Law School. On this journey she learns to find love in herself, her friends and the law.  This will be another unmissable event in your annual calendar so don't forget to get in quick and purchase your tickets. Performance dates are as follows: 


25, 26  and 27 July at 7:30pm

28 July at 2:30pm (Matinee)

1, 2 and 3 August at 7:30pm 


Tickets are available for purchase via the following link: 




Chelsea Thomas 

We are now registered for the Woolworths Earn & Learn stickers


It's simple to participate. From Wednesday 1 May and Tuesday 25 June 2019 or while stock lasts, when you shop at Woolworths you can collect Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers from the checkout operator, via team members at the self service checkout or through an online order and place them on a Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker Sheet. There will be one Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker for every $10 spent (excluding liquor, tobacco, and gift cards). Once completed, simply place the Sticker Sheet in the Collection Box, either at your school or at your local Woolworths.

KSC can then redeem your Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers for valuable education equipment for our school.


Please drop the stickers off at the General Office.


Impact of language learning   

Life After Year 12: Working in Paris for 7 Months

One of the best parts of studying a Language Other Than English (LOTE) were the overseas assistants who would come in to help us with our speaking skills. After 6 years of French at Koonung, each year with a different French assistant from a different part of France, I decided I wanted to go to Paris to work as an English language assistant. I wanted to help French students become as fluent as possible and teach them all about life on the other side of the world. Of course, I also wanted to put my French skills to the test by living in France for 7 months. From primary school to university I’d only been speaking French in the classroom, so after graduating from the University of Melbourne in July 2018, with a Diploma in French and a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Linguistics, I was definitely ready to take my language skills into the real world.


Already having experience in education, as a mentor to autistic students, inspired me to work in schools overseas. Thankfully I’d already had a taste of living in France from going on the 2012 Koonung French trip, which gave me the confidence to live there by myself. Travelling with school had exposed me to different accents and social environments, staying with a French family, sitting in French classrooms and ordering food in French for the first time. Going by myself meant that I had to constantly apply all of my foreign language skills, whether I was feeling healthy or sick, energetic or tired, cheerful or grumpy, and whether I was talking to students, colleagues, supervisors, waiters, emergency services, strangers, ushers, bus drivers, ticket inspectors, landlords, secretaries, bankers or new friends. So many people dream of living in Paris, for many different reasons, but it takes a lot of work to get there.


There’s so much to learn about how the city operates. My first month there was a pretty brutal crash course, not just in Parisian life but in living far away from my friends and family back home in Australia. It was also my time to be running around like a puppy dog enjoying all the museums, cafes, boulevards, restaurants, theatres and the like that I certainly didn’t have back home. Once I was all settled and comfortable in Paris, I started venturing out to the French countryside and visiting nearby big cities like London, Amsterdam, Brussels and Rome.


None of this would have been possible without all those years studying and practicing my French in the classroom before doing my best to perfect it in France. The Ministry of Education were looking for native English-speaking assistants who could also speak French. If I only spoke English, I would have completely missed out on the experience of teaching in a primary school and getting to know the youngest generation of French people, and even older, more advanced English students are much more open to learning English if they hear that you’re also learning French. Parisians wouldn’t always show it, but I could tell they appreciated speaking to an Australian who could speak French. Even if I couldn’t speak it perfectly and they could tell that I was a foreigner, it was certainly better than giving up and just speaking in English to them. You can definitely see a different side to someone when you can converse with them in their native language. You also experience a place in a completely different way when you can read the signs, understand the loudspeaker announcements and enjoy the local entertainment without relying on subtitles and translations. My next big challenge will be going back to France to lecture in English at a university and completing a thesis in psycholinguistics.


Studying French at school has given me a whole new world of freedom and opportunity that I never would have had otherwise.


 Christian Tsoutsouvas

Year 12, 2013

Senior School 

Senior School update 


As Term 2 winds down and the winter cold ratchets up, it is a good time to take stock of the last few hectic weeks.


Firstly, all Year 10 and 11 students have just completed their mid-year exams with Year 10s finishing off their semester based electives and Year 11s completing their first unit of VCE studies. All students did themselves credit with the responsible and respectful behaviour they displayed both during and around the exams. The students gain a lot from the experience of sitting exams run in the manner of Year 12 VCAA end of year exams. A big thank you also to our Year 12 students for giving up their lunch rooms and study spaces so that we could run the exams. You are welcome back into the Senior Centre now with open arms.

At the time of writing, the hot talk around the Senior Centre was the upcoming Year 11/12 formal. Both students and staff are looking forward to a great night at the Vogue Ballroom as we prepare to dress up and get down on the dance floor.


Year 10 News

Most year 10 students are on work experience this week in what will be one of their most memorable experiences of secondary school. Work experience is a great opportunity for students to have a taste of a career they may be interested in or it may just be a chance to get out and interact with the community as a young adult with something to contribute. In any case, our year 10s will definitely be ready for the mid-year break next week!

All Year 10 students will be starting their new electives in the first week of Term 3.

Year 11 News

With Unit 1 down, the Year 11s are now pushing full steam ahead into Unit 2. Students should analyse their Unit 1 exams when they receive them back this week and make sure they review work they didn’t understand over the term break.

Most students should now be settled into their selected subjects and have an idea as to what they will be continuing on with next year. The coming term will be a chance to consolidate these choices and to give them the best possible preparation for entry into Year 12.  

Year 12 News

The Year 12 students (and a number of Year 11s and 10s) had a taste of their end of year exams on the 12th June when they sat the GAT. Bananas were supplied for a pre exam fuel boost and the students worked well through the gruelling 3 hours and 15 minute exam.

With the GAT out of the way the Year 12s will now, realistically, only be looking at another 8-10 weeks of instruction in their school careers. This means that the mid-year break starting next week is a perfect chance for young bodies and brains to nourish themselves with healthy food, catch up on sleep and to prepare for their final stretch of Unit 4 classes in Term 3.


Michael Harte

Year 11 Coordinator


Stephanie Van Ekeris

Year 10 Coordinator


Senior School Team 2019


Director of Learning - Senior School 

Mr Conor Sheehan



Senior School Administrator

Mrs Zaiga Bendrups



Year 12 Coordinator

Mr Chris Sheehan



Year 11 Coordinator

Dr Michael Harte



Year 10 Coordinator

Ms Stephanie Van Ekeris















Middle Years 

Middle Years Update 


The end of first semester is a time for reflection of all that has been achieved for students in their learning in the first half of the academic year. Students are encouraged to look back, and look forward. They should celebrate the growth in their skills and the knowledge gained through hard work and perseverance, especially when learning was challenging. It is also a time for setting new learning goals for Semester 2 and planning practical ways to achieve these goals. I wish everyone a safe and relaxing break. I hope everyone gets time to spend with family and friends, makes time for exercise and sleep.   

Much research has been done on just how much sleep teenagers need for their development and maximum performance.

All researchers seem to agree that:

-Teenagers require between 9 or 10 hours sleep each night.

-Eight hours is the absolute minimum.

When you think about it, this is perfectly logical as our teenagers are going through a major developmental stage and their cognitive maturation in their teens is rapid.

Growth spurts place extra demands on their bodies as does the further development of the teenage brain. For many it will come as a surprise to learn that many researchers insist that teenagers need more sleep than a 10 year old or an adult. Why?  The developmental demands on a teenager are exceptional.

Try not to argue about bedtime. Get your child to suggest how sleep-time can be increased. As parents we often find that habits which have already been formed are hard to change. To do so will require negotiation. Perhaps start by trying to gain an extra 30 minutes each night for a negotiated period. Hopefully your child will notice that the extra sleep has made a difference. If so it may become easier to reach the target, of 9 -10 hours, than you expected.


Parents can help their teenager to juggle the demands of extra curricular activities, part-time jobs and extra homework. For some, a 30 minute nap, before they clock on at a part-time job, might be part of the solution. Other students might need to prioritise how they spend their "free" time, cutting down the actual time spent on extras.

Another important consideration here is the time spent on smart phones, social media, gaming devices not only is the restriction of time here essential but also to is the actual timing of such activity . When they are using these devices is vital. Techno devices should never be used directly before going to bed.

Ban technology from the bedroom.

The type of light given off by these devices suppresses the body's production of the sleep inducing hormone melatonin. This means it becomes more difficult to fall asleep.


Avoid stimulants such as coffee, tea, soft drinks and energy drinks in the evening to promote better sleep.


The effects of serious loss of sleep may include:

  • concentration difficulties
  • memory impairment
  • poor decision making
  • lack of enthusiasm
  • moodiness and aggression
  • depression
  • risk taking behaviour
  • slower physical reflexes
  • clumsiness
  • reduced sporting performance
  • reduced academic performance
  • increased absenteeism
  • truancy

The holidays are a great time to catch up and put into place some good sleep, eating, exercise and study habits.


Extra-Curricular Excellence

At Koonung Secondary College we like to recognise the achievements of all our students, both present and former. Often, however, some remarkable efforts are not acknowledged at school, simply because we do not hear about them. Students don't like to boast and we remain blissfully unaware of what they have accomplished.

We invite parents, students and members of the extended school community to bring such milestones to our attention. Please forward a brief email outlining what has been achieved, certificates presented, medals won, or public recognition for service given to: howe.allira.j@edumail.vic.gov.au

The spectrum for recognition is as broad as the range of interests of the entire school population.

Headings may include those listed below, but there must be many more:

  • Music: Instrumental, Voice,Dance, Performance
  • Theatre: Performance,Lighting, Sound,Costuming
  • Community Service
  • Sport
  • Art
  • Literature
  • Technology
  • Gymnastics 
  • Recognition from part time employers
  • Scouts / Guides
  • Duke of Edinburgh awards
  • Martial Arts


We look forward to celebrating our quiet achievers and following their progress into the future.


Breakfast Club



Friday mornings from 8am in the MYC




Homework Club


A homework club is now available to students.  It is held every Monday  in the library from 3:30pm to 4:15pm.




Uniform reminders

  • Blazers are to be worn to and from school
  • Scarves must be plain black or navy  
  • Spray jackets are for PE and Sport Education classes
  • Everyone must be wearing a tie 




Allira Howe

Director of Learning: Middle Years






Year 9 Life Life Update 

On Wednesday 19 June, three Year 9 girls, Dee, Amelie and Nathalia, donated 13 pot plants that they had decorated during the Live Life program  'Group' Module, to an aged care facility, Mecwacare.


Last term I was in the Live Life "Community" module and visited Mecwacare every Wednesday.  I was pleased to discover that in our new module “Group”, we could give back to anyone so our group as a whole decided it would be a pleasure to give to the residences at Mecwacare.  

Dee Kontekakis

We decided we were going to donate painted pots with succulents to give Mecwacare. Ms Hodson helped us get a sponsor from Bunnings Warehouse and we received a kind donation of 3 bags of soil and 20 terra cotta pots. We all painted a few pots each and did our own designs then we planted succulents in the pots.

Nathalia Candiloro


In the end, we delivered the pots and plants to Mecwacare on  19  June. The residents were very excited to see us and thanked us saying they were delighted with the finished product.

Amelie Bassora 

Dee,  Nathalia & Amelie with a Mecwacare worker 


 Two of the residents with the pots made by our students 


Deannah Kontekakis,  Nathalia Candiloro,  Amelie Bassora

Year 9 students


Artist in Schools program 

Our students have been very fortunate to be able to participate over the last year in a jointly funded mosaic mural project. Koonung SC would like to thank Whitehorse City Council for their 'Artists in Schools' program. We are grateful to the KSC Parents and Friends Association, Johnson Tiles and Bunnings for their generous support, which has provided the financial support to sustain this project. Jonathon Tickner, parent of past student Arjun Tickner (KSC 2018) also donated much needed funds to support our program.

The theme of the mural acknowledges the local environment and the meaning of the word Koonung, meaning muddy creek. Students decided that the Koonung Creek Trail should be the inspiration for the artwork.

The project has been led by Artist-in-residence, Deborah Amon-Cotter. Her vast experience with previous mural commissions has empowered our students to undertake this challenging project.

The mural spans four panels and traces the naturalistic origins of the Koonung Creek on the left through to the encroachment of urban culture with reference to the freeway footbridge on the right.

Students from Helen Briffa’s Year 9 Urban Art classes 2018 and  David Foote’s Year 9 Urban Art class 2019 have worked tirelessly with Deborah to complete this amazing project. Many other students from all year levels have also offered their time, patience and passion to help out. Sandy Angliss has assisted as mosaic mural artist assistant and has contributed significantly to the completion of the project.

This has been a tremendously successful collaboration and an official opening will be happening Term 3.



Helen Briffa                                                                David Foote

Arts Domain Leader                                                Visual Arts Teacher


Artist of the Week - Zoe Guan 


Congratulations to Zoe Guan (10B)  who has been selected as KSC Artist of the Week.  Zoe's 2020 Diary design has been chosen as the winning design and will feature on the front of the 2020 KSC Diary. Well done Zoe!

Helen Briffa 

Arts Domain Leader

Arts Space 

Tahlia from Zart Art came to Arts Space to inspire, engage and provide an exciting  environment for the Arts Space students to be creative. Tahlia brought in a diverse supply of materials for students to experiment  with – textured boards, stencil boards, rubbing plates, alcohol dyes, metal sheeting, pastel paints – lots of fun was had by all.

Arts Space will return in the second week of Term 3.



Year 7 & 8 Girls AFL

Twenty-three highly enthusiastic, determined and talented Koonung ladies from across Years 7 & 8 participated in the Whitehorse Interschool AFL Girls competition.

They were very competitive despite many not ever having played any form of AFL. They threw themselves into the tackling with vigour, handballed and kicked with skill and enjoyed all parts of the day.

The first game was very close against East Doncaster.  We led at half time by 7 points. Unfortunately, they managed to outscore us in the second half and to go down by only 3 points,  2 – 4 to 1 - 3.

The next game was against Blackburn A who outscored us 3 – 3 to 1 – 4. It was unfortunate in this game that Halle Henson injured her knee as she was playing exceptionally well in the ruck.

Our third game produced the team's first victory of the day against Box Hill High School with a 3-3 to 1-4 result.

Riding high after such a great performance the girls smashed Blackburn B High School 7-7 to 0-1

All girls made significant contributions throughout the day with the best players being Sienna Tallariti, Morgan Benson from Year 7 and Chloe Popplewell, Keira Singleton, Abbey Taylor, Mairna Ely, Sienna Huddy from Year 8. 


Thank you to Jesse and Quentin for assisting on the day. 



Trevor vanden Driesen


Rockfest 2019 

Koonung at Rockfest 2019

On Wednesday 19 June, our junior contemporary band ‘MegaForce’ and senior band “BlueBand” performed at Templestowe Secondary College for this year's annual Rockfest. Thirteen other bands from the North East Region also came to perform in this statewide contemporary musical festival.  Our students that performed in  ‘MegaForce' were:

Max Anastasiou – Drums

Ben Harding - Bass

Toby Griffith – Guitar

Rory Spicer – Guitar

Francis Healey – Vocals

Zara Priestly – Vocals

Sophie Wolrige – Vocals

Isabella Cidoni - Vocals

MegaForce opened with “Bless Myself” and sounded strong and tight and then followed it with an Eric Clapton Blues tune called “I’m Tore Down” sung by Frank with a blistering lead guitar solo from Toby. The band followed this with a great rendition of the Beatles “Come Together” with strong vocals from Zara, Sophie and Bella and burning guitar solo from Rory and great feel from the drums (Max) and bass (Ben).

MegaForce won BEST JUNIOR BAND of the North East region.

Congratulations to all the members for a fabulous performance.

The  Blue Band members are: 

Ryan McDonald – Drums

Robson McGee – Guitar/ Bass

Jason Adihetty – Guitar/Bass

Brandon Nam – keyboard

Patrice Mouzakis – Vocals

Celeste Watkins - Vocals


BlueBand performed a little later in the senior section. They opened with a latin rock version of “Smooth Operator” which sounded authentic and tight. They followed this with a classic “Aint No Sunshine When She’s Gone” and finished with the Bob Marley reggae tune “Is This Love”. The band played exceedingly well and the judges couldn’t pick best singer for the day and had to give it to both our singers - Celeste and Patrice. This is an excellent achievement. Congratulation girls!


MegaForce and Blue Band have worked really hard during the year and now sound very professional. They gave a wonderful performance and did the Koonung community proud.  Congratulations to all!


Marina Novelli 

Music Teacher 


Careers and Pathways

Careers News

 Year 11 & 12

Year 12s attended the Tertiary Information Sessions at Deakin University on Wednesday afternoon, 19 June, 2019. Students listened to an interesting presentation on aspects of university life and they attended an Expo where university representatives answered questions for students and provided relevant brochures.


Year 11 and 12s should attend as many Open Days at Universities as possible to gain an understanding of their chosen courses. Please see compass to Open Day information.


Year 10

Work Experience for Year 10s is being held this week from Monday 24 June to Friday 28 June, 2019. The students are going to a variety of places including CSIRO, ANZ, PWC, VIC Roads, Deakin University and the Epworth Hospital. Students will be visited by teachers and the students will gain a better understanding of the workplace,


Year 10’s should attend as many Open Days at Universities as possible to gain valuable information about courses and to get an understanding of the campuses and how to access them.



Year 9

In Term 1, DET introduced a Career Program for all Year 9 students which is being rolled out across Victoria.  The program includes a student career test and a 30 minute interview with a consultant to discuss the results of their career test.


Student interviews will finalised early in Term 3. Parents are very welcome to come to the interview with the Consultant and your child.



Academy of Information Technology | Open Day – Melbourne

Saturday 3 August | 10.00am – 1.00pm | Academy of Information Technology, Melbourne

Open Day is a great way to meet your future teachers. They will be around to tell you more about the courses and subjects and answer any questions you may have. Across all our subjects – animation, 3D design, IT, film and digital design, we will be showcasing the high quality of work our students create.

Find out more and register: https://info.ait.edu.au/attend-open-day-1


Collarts Open Day

Saturday 31 August | 10.00am – 3.00pm | Collarts, Collingwood Campus (Wellington Street)

At our Open Day, we open our doors to the public and invite you to come and experience life as a student on our campus! Throughout the day there will be detailed information sessions on each of our courses, where you will have plenty of time to ask questions and chat with teachers, graduates and student advisors.

Find out more and register here: https://www.collarts.edu.au/open-day


ACU | Talk with Nurses, Midwives and Paramedics

Tuesday 9 July | 4.00pm – 6.00pm | ACU Melbourne Campus

Join us at our Melbourne Campus for Talk with Nurses, Midwives and Paramedics. Hear from a panel of practitioners on what it’s really like to work in health care.

Find out more and register: https://www.acu.edu.au/about-acu/events/2019/july/talk-with-nurses-midwives-and-paramedics

Endeavour College of Natural Health | Info Breakfast – Melbourne

18 July 2019, 7:45 am - 8:30 am
Endeavour College of Natural Health - Melbourne Campus, Elizabeth Street, Melbourne VIC, Australia

Join us at our Info Breakfast to discover how Endeavour can help you realise a truly rewarding career in natural health.

What’s on at our Info Breakfast?

  • Be introduced to Endeavour College of Natural Health and our degrees.
  • Tour the campus – this includes our library, teaching clinic, break out areas and teaching rooms.
  • Find out about our pathway entry options – your prior learning or work experience could assist you in meeting our entry requirements or even take time off your degree.
  • Meet with our student enrolment advisors to discuss your study options, which course is right for you, fees and payments, applying and enrolling.

Find out more: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/info-breakfast-melbourne-18-july-2019-registration-63447947519



ATAR Notes – VCE Lectures

During the school holidays, ATAR Notes are holding a variety of Trial Revision Lectures for students who will be undertaking the VCE.

They are held at RMIT University in Melbourne, and feature many subjects including Physics, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Legal Studies, Ancient History and more!

The lectures are scheduled from Monday 1 to Thursday 4 July, and are completely free to attend.

View the full list of upcoming lectures and register your attendance here.


University of Melbourne | Bachelor of Arts Hackathon

Thursday 4 – Friday 5 July | 9.00am – 5.00pm | University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus

You’ve heard of a tech hackathon – but what about a humanities hackathon?

At MAJOR HACK 2019, join Year 11 and 12 students on our Parkville campus to solve a problem through the lens of five majors in the Bachelor of Arts: English and Theatre Studies, Media and Communications, Classics, History, and Politics and International Studies.

Find out more and register: https://study.unimelb.edu.au/connect-with-us/events-for-future-students/all-events-listing/bachelor-of-arts-hackathon


Code Like a Girl: 3-Day School Holiday Coding Camp: Music & Memory

Monday 8 – Wednesday 10 July | 8.45am – 3.30pm | $396.71 | Phoenix Youth Centre, Footscray

In this 3-day coding camp, we’ll provide a back-stage look at the intersection of music and technology.

From coder to composer we’ll help you code your own song and create a backing track using real musical circuitry.

Find out more and register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/code-like-a-girl-3-day-school-holiday-coding-camp-music-memory-ages-12-16-vic-tickets-61290282886


Teen Innovator Winter Holiday Program

3 July 2019, 9:00 am - 5 July 2019, 3:00 pm
Forest Hill College, Mahoneys Road, Burwood East VIC, Australia

The Teen Innovator Program infuses leadership and good core values together with advanced technology, coding, robotics, artificial intelligence and creating.

The programs enable teens to learn more about themselves and discover their talents while learning about advanced technologies. Teens will learn the value of resilience, other good values and how to problem solve, which will bring out the leader in them as they prepare for their future careers.

Find out more: https://innovatetechacademy.com/teen-innovator-winter-holiday-program-2019/


Scholarships & Competitions

Vice-Chancellor’s Academic Excellence Scholarship | Deakin Uni

Open/Closing Dates: 28/09/2018 – 08/01/2019
Value: $35,000 - $80,000 AUD

Deakin’s prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Academic Excellence Scholarship is awarded each year to 26 eligible undergraduate students whose exceptional academic achievements and extra-curricular activities truly set them apart.

To be eligible you must be:

  • an Australian citizen or holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa
  • commencing at Deakin University in an undergraduate bachelor degree in any trimester/semester in the 2019 academic year
  • enrolled full time unless there are exceptional circumstances preventing full-time study
  • enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place.

You must be able to demonstrate academic achievement in one of the following:

Consideration will be given to:

  • your extra-curricular activities and achievements, for example in the areas of leadership, community service, the arts, volunteering, or sport
  • students experiencing personal or financial hardship.

To apply: Directly through Deakin’s course and scholarship applicant portal. Include supporting documentation required:

  • evidence of your leadership activities or community service achievement
  • evidence of your sporting or other achievements.

Follow the steps and select the ‘Deakin Funded Scholarships Program’ option, your application will automatically be considered for the Vice-Chancellor’s Academic Excellence Scholarship, Deakin Scholarship for Excellence and Deakin Student Support Scholarship  in the selection process. This reduces the number of scholarships you have to apply for and increases your chances of receiving a Deakin scholarship.
Find out more


The John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize

The John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers is a developmental award open exclusively to Australian secondary school students in categories of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

Fifteen shortlisted writers receive feedback on their work, are invited to meet John Marsden, and participate in an exclusive creative writing workshop and special event at the Melbourne Writers Festival. Prize winners will also receive a $500 cash prize and a book pack courtesy of Hachette Australia.

Entries are open until 11.59pm on Sunday 30 June.

Find out more and register: https://expressmedia.org.au/programs/john-marsden-prize/


Crown Sydney Artist Initiative

Crown Resorts Limited is taking an innovative approach to sourcing art for the Crown Sydney Hotel Resort, Sydney’s first 6 star hotel, by creating an initiative that endeavours to showcase photography by Australia’s most promising emerging creative talents.

Winners and finalists will have their work showcased within the Crown Sydney Hotel Resort, featured on the Crown Sydney Artist Initiative website, published in the Art of Crown hardbound book, which will be featured in all Crown Resorts properties, and exhibited at the 2019 Crown Sydney Artist Initiative Finalist Exhibition. Winners will also receive a cash prize.

Find out more and enter: https://artistinitiative.crownsydney.com.au/submit


Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship

Open/Closing Dates: 05/08/2019 – 30/09/2019
Value: $17,500 - $32,500

This scholarship is awarded to talented students in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement during their Australian Year 12 or International Baccalaureate (IB).

To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

  • either:
    • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen, and have completed an Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate in Australia, or
    • be an Australian citizen and have completed an Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate outside Australia.
  • have applied for a University of Melbourne undergraduate course via VTAC for commencement in the year following completion of  Australian Year 12 or International Baccalaureate
  • not have previously undertaken any tertiary studies (excluding extension studies completed as part of a Year 12 program), and
  • satisfy the prerequisites for a University of Melbourne course and:
    • have achieved an ATAR of at least 99.90, or
    • intend to undertake the Bachelor of Music and have achieved an ATAR of at least 99.85 and achieved an audition score of A+ , or
    • be of Indigenous Australian descent and have achieved an ATAR of at least 90.00

The Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship is guaranteed to all eligible students.
Find out more


John Button School Prize

The John Button School Prize awards the best essay on a subject concerning Australia’s future by a Victorian student who is in Years 10 to 12 and is younger than 19.

Essays submitted for the School Prize will discuss Australian politics or policy. They might address such topics as Australia’s population, climate change, reconciliation with Indigenous Australians, water, asylum seekers, education, health, the state of the arts — big ideas for Australia’s future.

The winner receives a prize of $2,500, and $2,000 for their school.

Entries are open until Sunday 7 July.

Find out more and apply: https://government.unimelb.edu.au/engagement/the-john-button-fund/john-button-school-prize


Indigenous Language Song Competition 2019

The ABC are asking schools to work together with their local indigenous community, to translate the Marrin Gamu song into the first language of their area.

They’ve provided resources and links to examples of work (including the winners) from previous years, to inspire and help you.

There are some rules:

You must engage your local Indigenous community for assistance in translating the Marrin Gamu song.

Once you’ve got a translated version of the song and perfected it, you’ll have to record a video and send it to ABC Education (their website can only accept videos up to 300MB, so if you create a larger file size, email them for instructions on what to do).

Don’t forget to include description details of the language the song is in and your location.

The competition is open now and closes at 5pm, 30 August 2019 (AEST)

For more information and resource links, here’s the ABC Education page you’ll need.


Adventure Travel Competition

StarNow are a company who connects talent with casting professionals.

They’re currently seeking talent to enter an ‘Adventure Travel Competition’.

Teams of 2 will travel around the world competing for the chance to win $250,000. There’ll be other prizes given away along the journey too.

Teams can be made up of friends, family, or work colleagues etc.

Anyone aged 18 and over from Australia is eligible to apply.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to travel, score some big money and get yourself on the TV – here’s your chance.

Filming will take place in August through to September 2019. You will be travelling domestically and internationally (so you’ll probably be needing a passport).

To find out more or apply, you’ll have to register with StarNow.


Australian Photography Awards

Australian Photography Awards is on the hunt for Australia’s most original, honest and thought provoking photography.

Their 2019 categories offer Portrait, Landscape, Aerial, Documentary, Travel / Street, Wildlife, Mobile, Film / Analogue, Open / Illustrative, Student & Junior as well as a Peoples Choice. They have a huge prize pool of cash & Fujifilm camera equipment to be won.

Entries are open until Monday 2 September.

Find out more and enter here.



If you’re thinking about taking on an apprenticeship or traineeship and you’re in Victoria, Apprenticeships Matters have tonnes of information that could help you move forward.

Apprenticeships can take up to four years to complete and focus on trades such as carpentry, hairdressing or electrical.

Traineeships can take up to one or two years to complete and are relevant for industries including business administration, childcare or aged care qualification.

They have advice on your different options, how to get started, financial support available, the benefits, as well as resources available to you. They also have a database of current apprenticeship vacancies you could make use of.

Why not have a look at their website and see what they have to offer.


Builders Academy Australia (BAA) Apprenticeships

Interested in a career in the Construction Industry and looking to for opportunities to get an apprenticeship within the sector, then BAA could help.

They’re a registered training organisation (RTO), offering qualifications from pre-apprenticeships up to Diploma level and cover trades such as carpentry, plumbing, work health and safety and building and construction.

  • Receive training from qualified trainers with recent and relevant experience
  • Choose from class based, workplace based and online training
  • Courses are available across urban and rural parts of Australia
  • Offer access to Commonwealth and state government subsidies for eligible students, and VET Student Loans student loans (for Diploma courses only) and payment plans.

People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

To find out more about their courses and Apprenticeships intake dates, have a look at their website or get in touch.


Student exchange

WEP Student Exchange Online Information Session

28 August 2019, 6:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Imagine making friends from all over the world, learning about yourself and the world around you and seeing sights you could only dream of!

Find out more about your high school student exchange options at WEP’s info session.

Find out more: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_D9vUf43cTqmYOmbwpM0DiA


Careers and jobs

Medical Doctor

What do they do?

Doctors are highly qualified and skilled people who diagnose, manage, treat, cure and prevent illness and promote wellness in their patients.

There are lots of different types of Doctor, depending on your area of interest and strengths you might like to consider these options – but you won’t have to decide until much later on your journey to becoming qualified.

If you’re good with people, compassionate but analytical, can retain and use information in lots of different way, and enjoy variety then you could consider becoming a Doctor.


Duties vary depending on the type of Doctor and practice, but examples include:

  • examine patients to determine the nature of the disorder or illness and record the patient’s medical information
  • order, perform and analyse laboratory tests, X-rays and other diagnostic images and procedures
  • provide overall care for patients, and prescribe and administer treatments, medications and other remedial measures
  • aid in the prevention of diseases and disorders by advising patients on diet, exercise, hygiene and general health
  • prescribe and administer medication and inoculate patients to prevent infectious or contagious diseases
  • provide pre-natal and post-natal care
  • report births, deaths and notifiable diseases to government authorities
  • arrange for patients to be admitted to hospital
  • refer patients to other medical specialists and exchange relevant medical details.


Skills required: 

  • Good communication skills, compassion and a good bedside manner
  • Self-confidence
  • Able to exercise high ethical standards
  • Enjoy working with people
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • A high degree of motivation and self-discipline
  • Ability to work long hours, often under pressure
  • Good practical skills
  • Ability to solve problems
  • Effective decision-making skills
  • Leadership and management skills
  • Drive to continue learning throughout career
  • Analytical ability

Time management Pathways

The training required to accomplish this goal will take nearly a decade AFTER high school and be extremely rigorous.

Entry into medicine is competitive and you will need to demonstrate perseverance to complete the training, a strong desire to help others, a true intellectual curiosity about medicine in particular, and a love of learning in general.


You’ll have to complete:

  • Highschool
  • Undergraduate (3 years) & Master’s degree (3 years) OR a combined direct entry program (5-7 years)
  • 12 month (47 weeks full time) internship / postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) doctor completing rotations in: emergency medical care (12 weeks), medicine (10 weeks), surgery (10 weeks), & 19 weeks in a range of other approved positions in areas such as aged care, anaesthesia, general practice, palliative medicine, psychiatry, rehabilitation medicine or surgery.
  • Receive general medical registration through Medical Board of Australia (MBA)


  • Pursue a research career / work as locum / continue to work in hospitals as non-vocational doctor typically known as Career Medical Officers (CMOs).


  • Work 1 – 3 years as a resident and apply to a recognised medical specialty training program – Doctors during this period of prevocational on-the-job training are known as Resident Medical Officers (RMO) or “Resident”, Hospital Medical Officer (HMO) in Victoria or Trainee Medical Officer (TMO) in South Australia.
  • Obtain fellowship from one of the recognised specialist medical colleges, and practise medicine independently as a Registrar


  • Undertake additional sub-specialty training e.g. anaesthetists may undertake additional training in intensive care.
  • Obtain unrestricted Medicare provider number, which enables you to practise medicine independently in your chosen field, anywhere in Australia. Choose to practise in:
    • Private medical practice
    • A combination of private medical practice with a visiting medical officer engagement at one or more public hospitals
    • Employment as a staff specialist in a public hospital or health facility


Average salary: $107,442

Varies with experience, speciality, location, organisation, bonuses, overtime. (Source: payscale.com)

Job growth in this area is strong (source: Joboutlook.gov.au)



What do they do?

Electricians plan, install, maintain, repair, test and commission electrical and electronic equipment and systems for industrial, commercial and domestic purposes.

Everyday Australians wouldn’t have access to the lights, televisions, appliances and equipment that are essential to modern life without them.

If you enjoy working with your hands, being out and about, and like solving problems, becoming an electrician could be a great decision.



  • Test, repair and maintain electrical equipment
  • Installing and testing electrical systems and their components
  • Removing potential electrical hazards
  • Read electrical, architectural and mechanical diagrams, drawings or specifications to determine job requirements
  • Plan the layout of wiring systems
  • Test for, locate and repair electrical malfunctions
  • Install electrical and electronic control systems and insulated cables
  • Install electrical equipment such as storage heaters, water heaters, electrical signs, switchboards and motors
  • Install and connect lighting, switches, power outlets, conduits, cable trays, ladder racks, circuit breakers and emergency lighting
  • Identify and assemble electrical and electronic components and appliances required for jobs
  • Maintain automated production processes
  • Install voice and data cabling


Skills required: 

  • Maths
  • Technically minded
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Good eyesight and normal colour vision
  • Logical thinking and diagnostic ability
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Precise and attention to detail
  • Work independently or as part of a team
  • Physically fit
  • Good communication skills
  • Accurate report writing & inventory detailing for invoicing
  • Maintain high safety standards at all times



Complete a 4-year Australian Apprenticeship. Including successful completion of a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician. Completion of Year 10 including Maths is required.

Universities and other educational institutions also run programs designed for want to be electricians. They include hands-on training and classroom-based learning to prepare graduates for work.

In order to work (regardless of your qualification / pathway) you’ll then need to qualify for an Electricians License by completing an LEA Assessment.


Average salary:

Automotive Electricians average $54,288 per year (Source: Joboutlook.gov.au)

General Electricians average $72,800 per year (Source: Joboutlook.gov.au)


Job growth in this area is moderate (source: Joboutlook.gov.au)


Carole Marcianti and Karen Riding 

The Careers Team 



Library News

Holiday reading

Only 4 days left but who's counting. Now is the time to grab a book to keep you company on those cold winter nights! Here is a snapshot of some of new additions:


TOO many books not enough shelving?

If this is your problem why not donate your books to the school library? We have many avid readers among us including staff! I just donated my copy of "Nine perfect strangers" by Liane Moriarty and it is a hot commodity already. So next time your thinking of dropping off books to an op shop or another facility, remember your school has a very busy, bustling library and loves receiving books too.


Parents and Friends Association  

 PFA news

Hello everyone

 Our PFA  is a very active and vibrant part of the Koonung community.  It provides a great way to familiarise yourself with your child's school and meet other families. The PFA meet twice each term  in the Middle Years Centre. We encourage you to come along.



Upcoming  PFA meeting dates for 2019

Monday 5 August 

Monday 2 September

Monday 21 October

December Christmas Dinner TBA 


Your Committee for 2019:

 President -   Andrew Gifford

 Vice President - Danielle Croyden 

 Secretary - George Anastasiou

 Treasurer - Nicky Smith


PFA Contact Details

If you have any questions or would like to help out with PFA events or come to our meetings, please email pfa@Koonung.vic.edu.au - we would love to hear from you.



School Information  

General Office

Office hours are:                        8:00am - 4:00pm

Telephone:                                                9890 9662


Parents should always make contact with the General Office first when visiting the school or trying to make contact with their children.


Appointments with teachers must be made via telephone or email them directly.


ABSENCE LINE  9890 9887

All school absences require written or online approval from a parent/guardian of the student.  Student absence approvals can be entered electronically through our Compass Parent Portal, or, alternatively, a letter of approval must be provided to the school.  Absence approvals can be provided prior to the absence, during the absence or immediately after the absence. The school has a legal obligation to monitor and record student absences and attendance. Failure to provide approval for an absence may impact VISA conditions, VCE conditions and Centrelink payments.



8.50 – 9.20          Period 1

9.20 – 9.50          Period 2

9.55 – 10.25        Period 3

10.25 – 10.55     Period 4

10.55 – 11.20     Recess

11.20 – 11.50     Period 5

11.50 – 12.20     Period 6

12.20 – 12.50     Period 7

12.50 – 1.45        Lunch

1.45 – 2.15          Period 8

2.15 – 2.45          Period 9

2.45 – 3.15          Period 10

NB:  There is a 5 minute changeover in the morning:

Periods 2&3 from 9.50 – 9.55 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri)

Periods 3&4 from 10.20-10.25 (Wednesday only)


If a Unit 3/4 teacher is absent periods 1-3 or 8-10 the class will be cancelled unless indicated on Compass. Students should check Compass in this case. 



The  College  employs a part-time nurse and has a range of level 2 qualified first aid staff to deal with injuries or illness that occur at school. In addition to this the wellbeing team consists of 2 counsellors and a visiting psychologist who are available to support the needs of our students. 



Early leavers require parental approval or acknowledgement. Approvals for early leavers from school can be completed either online (through the Compass Parent Portal) or by handing in a written letter of approval to your Sub School Office at the beginning of the day.

Immediately prior to leaving the school grounds, the student must sign out using the Compass Kiosk at the General Office.



Electronic rolls are kept in all classes. Students who arrive late to school are required to sign-in using the Compass Kiosk at the General Office and then immediately go to class. Students will be issued with a Late Pass. The Late Pass must be provided to the teacher when arriving in class.


All late arrivals require parental approval or acknowledgement. Approvals for late arrival to school can be completed either online (through the Compass Parent Portal) or by handing in a written letter of approval to your Sub School Office. SMS notifications may be sent to parents where a student arrives late to school.



The second hand uniform shop (situated near the Library at Koonung SC) will be open every Thursday from 1pm – 4pm.

Any enquiries please email secondhanduniforms@koonung.vic.edu.au



Please ensure all school clothes, books and personal property are clearly labelled with the student’s name. Many items are not returned to their rightful owners because they are not labelled correctly or clearly.


USBs should include a folder with the student’s name and form to assist in returning it to the correct person. If you have lost anything please check with your subschool office during recess, lunch or end of day.



Please find attached the 2019 canteen menu. The canteen staff will be serving a selection of items from this menu each day. Please note that not all items are available every day but there will be a variety of foods available for students to choose. The canteen is open every day from 8 am. To avoid disappointment and the possibility of long queues, students are encouraged to place lunch orders at the start of the day. 



Community Notices 


Click on the flyers below to view the events: 

2019 KSC Musical 

Tickets are on sale for this year's musical 'Legally Blonde'. They are selling fast, so get yours quick using this link:



Juventus Soccer Academy 



School Holiday Fitness programs 



Koonung Secondary College Newsletter
Koonung Secondary College Cafe menu 2019.pdf